MONROVIA-Following day after the publication of a money laundering syndicate uncovered by the Financial Intelligence Unit, this paper has been told that the Solicitor General of Liberia is allegedly protecting the key suspect from going for investigation.
Multiple sources at the LNP and FIU alleged that the SG has been protecting Patrick Hermann Wani Diega. He has been the one effecting withdrawals from the account, even though he is not a signatory to the account.
For instance, between 8-24 November 2021 an amount of US$240K(two hundred and forty thousand united states dollars) was withdrawn. Then between 24-28 November 2021, a withdrawal of US$256K (Two hundred and fifty six thousand united states dollars) was made. Based upon this, the bank informed the third party switch, visa and master cards company to help ascertain the origin and legitimacy of these transactions.
Prime Suspect Diega
Following that, on December 2, 2021 a visa member bank based in the Republic of Slovakia reported fraud against the visa card and the local bank blocked all the transactions. This was to the annoyance of Diega who was said to have gone to court to file a law suit.
On December 10, 2021, it was investigated that a company repressing visa-issuing banks in Ecuador complained to the local bank in Liberia against their card holders by the local bank’s merchant Korlane Investment.
“We called him to come for investigation at Central, he failed to come. The second time, he failed to come. The third time, he failed and the fourth time, he also failed to come. We were told that the Solicitor General Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus is the one protecting him from going for investigation,” one senior officer at LNP said.
When this paper contacted the solicitor General for comments, he denied ever knowing Diega, but said, “the man sued the bank already. A bank cannot block anyone’s account until a court instructs them.” He added: “I do not even know that person. Why will I protect him as Chief prosecutor?
That the man had refused to submit himself for investigation. He replied: “The man was sick. The second time he said he was sick. That is sickness and no one has control over it.”
He however expressed dissatisfaction over the attitude of his aid, Lafayette Gould; whom he accused of trying to undermine his office.